The use of technology in construction, to some degree or another, has grown over the last few years. Whilst the use of tools such as Spot the robot dog may be on a tiny minority of projects, the use of BIM and Common Data Environments, is widespread. The use of drones and photo-capture of work have also grown exponentially.
The Get It Right Initiative (GIRI), with whom CQIC held a joint conference in February 2023 at which CQIC was officially launched, are firm believers that technology has a key role to play in the reduction of error in construction.
In the last quarter of 2023 GIRI published two reports on the use of technology in the avoidance of error in the construction sector. The first of these was the GIRI Technology Guide launched in October 2023. It is an overview of the types of technologies that are currently available on the market, and the opportunities they offer for reducing error throughout construction projects.
The second report, The Use of Digital Technology on Site to Reduce Errors in Construction — launched in November 2023. It explores how technology is being used on live construction sites and whether it is having an impact on error reduction. It identifies the technologies that are currently at the forefront of the industry, providing the most beneficial outcomes in terms of error reduction, enhanced project delivery, budget and timeline saving. GIRI sought to understand how digital tools are viewed by the professionals using them, explored barriers to implementation, the opportunities for wider use of the technology, and to gain some understanding of the costs and timescales involved in implementing them.
Whether you are at the start of your journey in terms of the use of technology, or are working on projects where technology is extensively used, the GIRI reports make invaluable reading.